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Ambode emerges APC Lagos governorship candidate, pledges to retain culture of excellence


LAGOS – Mr Akinwunmi Ambode of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday promised to retain the culture of excellence in Lagos State, if eventually elected as governor in 2015.
He made the pledge after he was declared the winner of the party’s governorship primary election which began on Thursday and ended on Friday morning.
The aspirant was declared winner by Mr Peter Obada, the Chairman, National Panel on Lagos State APC Governorship Primary Election, at the end of the election held at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
Ambode, a former Accountant-General of the state, polled 3,735, to defeat 12 other aspirants.
The flagbearer urged the aspirants who lost to join hands with him to ensure the party’s victory in the 2015 election.
He also urged them to work together with him to retain the culture of excellence in the state.
Ambode commended the opponents for putting up a `good fight’ and extended a hand of fellowship to them.
“ Fellow contestants, I have nothing but commendation and respect for you.
“ The success of the primary and the victory is not just for me but for all of us that stepped into the waters.
“It is victory for Lagos State and democracy,’’ he said.
The candidate also thanked the delegates for their peaceful and orderly conduct.
“ I thank the over 5,000 of you who voted according to your consciences. You did not waver in your faith in the process put in place by our great party.
“Let us put aside the disappointment of yesterday and embrace opportunities of today, not forgetting that the future begins today,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Mr Femi Hamzat, the state Commissioner for Works, came second in the election,polling 1,201 votes.
Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, got 182 votes, Sen. Ganiu Solomon got 272 votes, Mr Olasupo Sasore had 121 votes, Dr Leke Pitan polled 112 votes and Mr Tope Kasali had 69 votes.
Also, Mr Toyin Ayinde had 17 votes while Mr Tokunbo Wahab and Mr Adekunle Disu polled seven votes and nine votes, respectively.
Mr Abayomi Sutton, Mr Lanre Ope and Mrs Tokunbo Agbesanwa had no votes.
The Chairman, National Panel on Lagos State APC, Obada, said that 5,815 votes were cast at the election, 5,724 of which were valid and 91 invalid.
He said that there were 5,959 accredited voters as against 6,200 delegates expected to vote. (NAN)

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